I have to say I feel quite accomplished for this one.
So, I spent this whole weekend doing last-minute studying for the GRE (it is tomorrow, after all). And when I say I studied this whole weekend, I mean I looked at the books between cleaning my apartment, enjoying the beautiful weather, and making pasta from scratch.
That’s right. Pasta. From scratch.
These ricotta gnocchi are bites of goodness. Dense and delicious, perfect for some pesto sauce. They were so good that I literally just ate this dish an hour ago and knew I had to give you all this recipe.
- 1 lb. whole milk ricotta cheese
- 2 large eggs
- about 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well using a rubber spatula or your hands. Knead/mix the dough for about 2-3 minutes. Expect the dough to be somewhat sticky. The dough should come together after a few minutes.
- Transfer the dough onto a well-floured work surface then using your hands, bring it together and shape into a mound. Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.
- After the dough has chilled, unwrap (sprinkle on a little flour to help you work with the dough if needed) and cut the dough into 3-4 pieces and then roll each piece into 12-inch long ropes or as long as you can get it (about ¾-inch thick). While rolling, if needed, add a little extra flour to your hands or the work surface (My dough was pretty sticky so it took a lot of extra flour).
- Using a knife, cut the ropes into little squares (about 1 inch wide).
- When finished, lightly coat each little morsel of gnocchi with a dusting of flour. At this point, you can either cook the gnocchi or freeze it. If freezing, place the baking sheet with gnocchi into freezer and freeze for about 2 hours until the gnocchi are hardened. (If your freezer is tiny like mine is, use a plate or smaller flat surface to balance the gnocchi on). After 2 hours, transfer the frozen gnocchi to a plastic container or resealable bag. When you are ready to cook the gnocchi, simply remove from the freezer and follow step 6.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ricotta gnocchi and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the gnocchi begin to float. Using a slotted spoon, remove the gnocchi and set aside.